Identification Options to Cast Your Ballot

It was back in August when a federal court struck down a Texas law that would have required voters to show government-issued photo identification before casting their ballots.

So now, with election day just hours away, what form of identification should you bring to the polls?

Barring any long lines, casting your vote on Tuesday will be relatively easy. The State requires voters who show up at the polls to identify themselves with one of five forms of ID, including a driver's license or a United States Passport, but that's not the only form of ID that you can use to vote.

"If you work in a place that has a picture ID, that would suffice," Nueces County Clerk Diana Barrera said. "Your driver's license would suffice. You could also use a passport, a birth certificate, anything issued to you from a governmental entity, or even a utility bill would suffice for that purpose."

While a voter can simply present their voter registration certificate at the polls and be eligible to vote, these are some other acceptable forms of identification:

• A driver's license or personal identification card issued to you by the Texas Department of Public Safety. You may also bring a similar document issued to you by an agency of another state, even if the license or card has expired;

• A form of identification that contains your photograph and establishes your identity;

• A birth certificate or other document confirming birth that is admissible in a court of law and establishes the person's identity;

• Your United States citizenship papers;

• Your United States passport;

• Official mail addressed to you by a governmental entity; or

• A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.


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